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Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: BINGO] #142604 03/12/2014 2:41 PM
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CCW is probably Conceal Carry Weapon. Sometimes you see CCP (permit) or CWL.

I looked back thru this thread and saw I didn't post. I guess why is that I'm not sure what got me into handgun shooting. I come from a very non-gun family, but I'm and odd duck anyway. I prefer stick shifts, I heat my home with wood. It just always appealed to me. Like others said, shooting a deer on a crop line at 500 yards is commendable, but I consider it more 'precision shooting' than hunting.
And bows just don't do it for me. I've a lot of respect for ethical bow hunters. Iron sited handguns is just my happy place.
I took both my long gun (winn '94) and wheely (sw/ 29) on my first few hunts. First deer I shot at I used the wheelgun and missed her. 5 times I missed her. All the rub / newbie goofs. My first deer was with rifle at 23 yards, and I've not taken a long gun into the woods since, other than sometimes a .22mag Henry when I go a-squirreling.
In fact, all my long guns are just excuses to have a long platform for a handgun round. (.22 lr & mag, .357, .44m and a .45acp on order)

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Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: dogsbreath] #142612 03/12/2014 8:30 PM
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Growing up I was always small game hunting with a bow and bird hunting and then moved to big game with a bow. I was interested in more long range shooting but I'll admit that I am not steady enough for that kind of shooting and even with archery found that traditional archery was better suited for me. I still had the interest in guns but not in rifle hunting, while trapping with my dad he carried an old Iver Johnson .22 revolver with .22short CB's and I watched him shoot plenty of rabbits with it and it got me thinking of handguns. When I turned 21 I bought my first .22 auto a S&W 22A and carried it while trapping and shot plenty of rabbits and armadillos with it, now I have a DW 15-2 .357mag that I carry while coyote hunting and carried during the Kansas firearms season in hopes of trying it on a doe for the freezer. So far with it I've only taken a handful of armadillos and jackrabbits but I'll take all the practice I can get right now.

Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Cookie125] #142616 03/12/2014 10:31 PM
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Oh I know what it means. Just seemed an odd description. It's safe to assume we'll trust your legal to carry LOL. Personally I don't care if your not legal. I just want to know, make, model, etc.

Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: wvhitman] #142632 03/13/2014 12:52 PM
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Elmer Keith ruined me when I was teen. reflex264


"A quiet hit in the right place is better than a loud miss in the wrong place followed by 10 more shots on the run"

I was a handgun hunter, when handgun wasn't cool.....
Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: BINGO] #142700 03/14/2014 3:25 PM
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30 years ago I was hunting black bear with a bow.(general season) The brush was too thick to loose an arrow, so after a day of being frustrated, I pulled my belt gun, a 7 1/2"SBH 44 and dropped him in his tracks. After my first blackie with a bow and a rifle, all the rest have been with a handgun.


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Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Gary] #142731 03/15/2014 2:43 AM
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 Originally Posted By: Gary
The writings of Bob Milek probably had more influence on me than anyone


True story. I read almost every article and was drawn to the 30 herrett because he helped invent it, especially in the ten inch barrel.

Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: BINGO] #142734 03/15/2014 3:00 AM
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I bought a single six with both cylinders and the long barrel (10-12"), and i took dozens of rabbits and rockchucks with it. One chuck was at approx 100 yards and then and there i was hooked. Sold that gun and bought a tender with a 14 " 223. That and a new 686 6" became the start of buying and selling and trying about every caliber known to man.
Now my other love, black powder cartridge rifles.

Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: campbellkids] #142804 03/17/2014 8:46 AM
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my dad hunted with a 45 colt blackhawk and a 44 special taurus. he was really big into reading Ross Seyfreid and let me read Ross, which ruined me for life. where i primarily hunt, a good revolver is no handicap to a rifle and as soon as i turned 18, i was bound and determined to handgun hunt. i have rifles for when i have to kill deer, but much prefer a good open sighted sixgun on my chest or hip most of the time now. my .264 magnum while a wonderful tool for its intended purpose is just too much like cheating inside of 400 yards.

Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Chance Weldon] #142829 03/17/2014 11:50 PM
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I read an article by Bob Milek in the early 70's, JD Jones, Larry Kelly, Paco, and Hal Swigget are my early heroes. I still look at the JD's books often.


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Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Gary] #142918 03/20/2014 11:11 AM
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 Originally Posted By: Gary
The writings of Bob Milek probably had more influence on me than anyone

Same here. I enjoyed his writing. Good stuff.

Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: RustyGunn] #143011 03/21/2014 8:43 PM
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I live in a shotgun county of Washington state (12-20ga. 00buck scoped muzzleloaders and revolver rounds over .41mag.) I use a S&W Stealth Hunter .44mag for coastal blacktails but my goal is ALL game animals in my state with this revolver. It shoots 225gr. Hornady FTX under 1"@100yds. the most accurate 629 I've ever shot. I just acquired a Rem.XP-100R in .270wsm so I can travel for longer range larger game hunting in eastern Washington.

Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Justin Martel] #143014 03/22/2014 12:51 AM
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Welcome Justin!
I think you will like it here.
I don't have one but LOVE the Stealth Hunters.


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Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Vance in AK.] #143190 03/28/2014 7:24 PM
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when I was a kid my mom would occasionaly go squirrel hunting with me and my stepdad. when she did she would use her little snub nosed .22 revolver,she was deadly on squirrels and rabbits with it. every so often she would let me hunt with it and my handgun fetish just kind of grew out of that.

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Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Gary] #143203 03/28/2014 11:09 PM
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 Originally Posted By: Gary
The writings of Bob Milek probably had more influence on me than anyone


Probably this. But in the 1980's handgun hunting was sort of unusual and that drew me toward it. I was drawn to bow hunting and handgun hunting seemed like the perfect next step. Most of my woods shots were under 75 yds and using a handgun felt like a challenge.

As I got older, I began not really caring if I scored and how I scored was more important to me than scoring. Handgun hunting is pretty much the only way I will hunt deer now. If I don't practice, I don't hunt. I don't grab the rifle just because it's easy.

Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Slingshot] #143231 03/29/2014 5:34 PM
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A 17 year old boy and an extra warm September in Illiols, a grove of Hickory Nut trees ripe with an overly good harvest of nuts on them, with slippery grass slopes to climb along the Vermilion river and a Ruger Single Six convertable(fixed sighted) Of course ol' Elmer had worked on me previously and I was hooked? That was 1967, and I never looked back. Bought my first issue of Guns & Ammo at a one room grocery store called Johnny's food market.
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Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Chance Weldon] #145081 05/12/2014 3:44 AM
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John Taffin and Mark Hampton got me started. That darn Taffin has cost me more money in single actions, custom work, ivory and leather and reading Mark H. makes time in the stand very pleasant.


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Re: How did you first discover handgun hunting? [Re: Mitch1352] #145124 05/13/2014 9:42 PM
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When I was a boy my Father would never let me shoot a pistol without him. Even when I was old/responsible enough to shoot long guns on my own he never lifted the rule for pistols. Being a rebellious boy this always made them seem special. I bent the rule by having a CO2 pellet revolver that was built like a full shroud 357 DA. I also broke the rule and did some night hunting with my cousin using a colt SAA in 22.

Jump ahead 20 something years and I bought my first handgun (MKIII) and shot a few rabbits with it. Then I bought a 38 snubby at the same time that a coworker bought a 357 from a neighbor in a tight spot. He wanted a purse gun for the wife, but got a 686 with 8 5/8" barrel. A snubby and a bit of cash and I had the real deal that the old pellet gun was mimicking.

My long guns are now collecting dust and the pistols keep multiplying.

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